Music Production BA (Hons)

UCAS code: M235

Create, record and perform your own songs in an environment where your artistic talent will be nurtured. You’ll develop your craft in our state-of-the-art facilities. And specialist modules will help broaden your appreciation of music and sound.

Overview

Course length: 3 years full-time
6 years part-time
Start dates: September 2022
September 2023
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: BBC-BBB (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): Music Production
Department: Creative Arts
A student plays the guitar in a music studio.

Ready to unleash your creativity and develop industry know-how? Studying our music production course, you’ll uncover music and sound’s diverse characteristics by exploring technology, sound design, production and mastering, and social media. And we’ll share advice on how to search for jobs in the music business.

The course includes studio practice, songwriting and recording, production and mastering, arranging popular music and composing for film. You’ll explore the areas that interest you, using professional-grade equipment in our studios. Our Creative Arts buildings include three recording studios, two television studios, two theatres, and many rehearsal spaces.

You’ll feel part of the industry even as a student. We regularly invite our connections to give guest lectures, so you can build your network and explore real challenges facing professionals. So when you finish your degree you’ll be ready to kick-start your career in the music industry.

Course features

  • Learn a Language

  • Sandwich Year Option Available

  • Studying Abroad Option Available

What you'll study

In Year 1, you’ll trace the history of popular music. Improve your musicianship through ear training, and compose and perform songs with others. You’ll gain hands-on experience with computer and studio based music technology and take part in ensemble performance. Optional modules let you explore sound for picture, develop your music literacy, and audition for one-to-one music tuition.

Compulsory modules:

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Creative Music Technology

Ensemble Performance

Introduction to Popular Music and Media

Studio Practice

Two of:

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Is This Music? Understanding Sound in Society

Music Literacy

Performance Study

Sound for Picture

Words and Music

Language 1

There’s a focus on songwriting, songwriters and recording live music in Year 2. You’ll uncover the research methods behind music, media and sound. And you’ll focus on your area of interest. Choose to learn about electronic music and synthetic sound design, arranging popular music or performing live. There’ll be opportunities to review live performances, and to play to audiences in live music venues.

Compulsory modules:

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Compositional Forms and Approaches

Recording Live Music

Researching Music

Song Writing and Recording

Two of:

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Arranging Popular Music

Electronic Music and Sound Design

Performance Development

Playing Live

Language 2

In the final year of the music production course, you’ll enhance your production and mastering skills, and get advice on securing work in the creative industries. You’ll complete a personal research project and refine your musicianship. You’ll have chances to compose music for film, use technology for digital performances, and engage with the social media marketing that underpins music download culture.

Compulsory modules:

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Dissertation Project

Employment Strategies in the Creative Industries

Production and Mastering

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Advanced Performance

Composing for Film

Electronic Performance and Interaction

Social Media Context and Practice

Language 3

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.

How you'll study

As you study you will encounter a range of teaching methods and learning experiences designed to guide you in becoming a self-directed, autonomous learner, conscious of professional practice principles and ethics. In addition to tutor-focused instruction in lectures, seminars and workshops, there will also be opportunities for you to participate in work-related tasks and projects, group activities, individual tutorials, self-directed study and self-evaluation.

Music students at Edge Hill attend the annual music festival, Liverpool Sound City, of which the University is a partner. This event fuses a music festival with a music conference, providing you with the opportunity to network with a range of industry speakers and professional musicians, as well as experiencing live music across the city. Edge Hill students have also won prestigious awards at the festival, including the UK Student Music Award and the UK Student Innovation Award.

Consolidating Edge Hill’s commitment to music, the University has also launched The Label Recordings, an independent label without contracts. This has been established by the University to promote existing new music and to equip you with some real-world, hands-on experience in a competitive industry.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

The programme is assessed entirely by coursework. This includes practical desktop (DAW/MIDI) and studio-based recording assignments, report writing, blogs, videos and oral presentations. You will also have the opportunity to complete a dissertation or practical project in the final year of the programme.

There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this degree.

Who will be teaching you

The programme is delivered by a team of academics, professional practitioners and technical staff with creative expertise spanning a wide range of disciplines. These areas of expertise include performance and production, music theory, media and culture, film and TV production, sound for picture and sound design, experimental music, songwriting, research and practice-led research. Many of the staff who teach on the programme are practising musicians themselves.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points, preferably to include a Music-related subject.

Other subjects will be considered if you can demonstrate your ability to create music, either as an electronic musician, or by playing a musical instrument (such as vocals, guitar, keyboard, bass, drums, percussion or brass), either in a band or as a solo artist.

No formal grade or professional qualification in playing a musical instrument is required but, in the absence of a Music-related subject to contribute towards the UCAS Tariff points, you will need to supply evidence in the form of video and/or audio recordings of songs and music being created and performed. Recordings should be uploaded to SoundCloud and/or YouTube and the links to them put in your UCAS Personal Statement. In some circumstances, we may also invite you to attend an audition workshop.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level BBC-BBB.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
T Level Overall grade of Merit.
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points. Subject-specific requirements at Higher Level (HL) Grade 5 may apply.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band or one band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.

Apply part-time

Apply directly to Edge Hill University

Complete our online application form if you want to study this course on a part-time basis.

International

Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Facilities

The Arts CentreMusic Production students at Edge Hill University enjoy industry-standard teaching and learning facilities in the £7million Arts Centre and £17million Creative Edge.

Our outstanding resources ensure you gain practical experience to a professional standard. Contemporary performance environments include the Rose and Studio theatres, digital sound studio, digital design suite, music technology room, music practice studios, radio studio, multimedia laboratory, TV studio, and an outdoor amphitheatre.

Where you'll study

Arts Centre

Creative Edge

Learning resources

Music production and audio post-production studios come equipped with AVID ProTools HDX digital recording systems with C|24 control surfaces, as well as Waves and IK Multimedia, and a range of microphones. Dedicated Mac labs provide access to the latest audio software while there are are several dedicated rehearsal rooms which offer electronic keyboards and a range of acoustic and electric guitars, effects modules and practice amps. A selection of acoustic pianos, grand and upright, are also available.

Finance

Tuition fees

UK Full-Time

£9,250

a year

UK Part-Time

£77 per credit

for 360 credits

International

£15,000

a year

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs. Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

Our music production degree will help you pursue a career which makes the most of your musical knowledge and abilities. After three years of industry-relevant study, you can start thinking about exploring freelance opportunities. Or start a career in artist management, in music studios or composing music for films and other creative industries.

Alternatively, you may think about studying music at postgraduate level, or training to be a teacher.

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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